07-23-2012, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
Welcome to the forums
Just to give you an idea, to start a fairly large (over 55g) saltwater tank you would be looking somewhere in the region of about a $1000+ including the tank and associated equipment required
As mentioned, it is your water parameters from the tap that will determine which fish you can keep without adding chemicals to change the water. If you can provide these, then we can offer advice.
Bigger is not always better, many factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the cost of associated equipment once you have the tank. Mainly though, is the floor able to withstand the weight of a large tank? Many people sometimes overlook this and it can have disasterous consequences.
I was looking at trying not to go over $2500 total when I decide to look into a new tank I am going to continue running the small system I have now for another year minimum. I probably wont be in the market to upgrade until probably late 2013, early 2014.
I will look into the water parameters and post those within the next few weeks. With football season starting outside of maintaining the tank I have research will be limited until two a days are over with.
Def agree on the larger is not always better in regards to can the floor withstand it. I actually had a friend just get a bigger tank only 55 gallon but told him to be careful where he puts it since he has a basement underneath it. The room that I will be putting mine in is on a slab so it is able to easily withstand 90-125 gallon tank.
All and all we will see where I am at within a year, for now I have just been reading books, reading posts from vets on here and learning about tank designs and builds, Would love to find some sites that actually offer prices on stands and glass aquariums.
Thanks for the welcome guys and look forward to learning and growing in this hobby.